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What's On in October

30 September 2016

SHAKESPEARE IS ALIVE AND WELL AT THE LINEN HALL IN OCTOBER In October the Linen Hall Library marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the exhibition Shakespeare Lives Through Sir Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen which spotlights NI actor Branagh’s Shakespearean roles using archive material from Queen’s University Belfast and the Linen Hall’s Theatre and Performing Arts Archive. We’re always reminded to take a moment to stop and smell the...

Phenomenal NI Literary Archive Now Available For All

07 September 2016

7 September 2016 – Today the Linen Hall Library launched a phenomenal digital resource which makes available for the first time historic literary items by some of Northern Ireland’s most influential writers. The Northern Ireland Literary Archive, funded by the Department for Communities, includes manuscripts, drafts, letters, unpublished works and more from the personal collections of Sam Hanna Bell, John Boyd, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Robert Greacen, John Hewitt, Joan Lingard, Louis...

Northern Ireland History Digitisation Project Commences at the Linen Hall Library

01 September 2016

Today, Thursday 1 September, First Minister Arlene Foster launched the Divided Society digitisation project at the Linen Hall Library. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ulster Garden Villages and the Department of Foreign Affairs Peace and Reconciliation Fund, the project will see the digitisation of periodicals and posters from the Troubles and Peace Process concentrating on the decade from 1990 – 2000. The phenomenal Northern Ireland Political Collection (NIPC), which began in...

What's On in September

01 September 2016

Five Artists = Five Interpretations of Seminal 20th Century Archive Documents Exclusively at the Linen Hall in September It can be argued that the 1916 Proclamation document and the 1912 Covenant and Declaration are two of the 20th century’s most seminal documents, and defined the modern history of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Five artists have been given free rein to interpret these documents in diagram form with fascinating multimedia results in Diagramming the Archive,...

Charity Book Shop is Back

18 August 2016

We're delighted to announce that the Linen Hall Charity Bookshop will be back in business from Monday 22 August at 9am. Our new location is 63 Fountain Street. Hours will be Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm and Sat 9am - 4pm. Donations are always welcome!

Substantial Set of Fortnight Magazine For Sale

05 August 2016

The Library is pleased to offer for sale a substantial but incomplete set of the political and cultural magazine Fortnight that was published in Belfast from 1970 – 2011. This is a rare opportunity to purchase this iconic publication that captured the highs and lows of some of Belfast’s most turbulent years. Nearly everyone who was anyone had their ‘spake’ in the magazine. Fortnight also featured illustrations by some of the legends of graphic art, including Martyn...

August Events at the Linen Hall

29 July 2016

Linen Hall Reaches for the Stars in Exclusive August Astronomical Exhibition Exclusive to the Linen Hall in August is the astonishing astronomical photographic exhibition Images of Starlight. This stunning display of astrophotography, launching on 2 August, captures the many phases and faces of the universe. Also in August, human rights campaigner and theatre pioneer Alice Milligan is remembered in the play Alice Milligan – A Girl of Genius. And we explore Sinn Féin’s...

Linen Hall Reaches for the Stars with Astonishing Astronomical Exhibition Images of Starlight

25 July 2016

On Tuesday 2 August at 12midday, the Linen Hall Library will exclusively launch Images of Starlight, an astonishing collection of astronomical pictures jointly produced by the Irish Astronomical Association (IAA), in conjunction with the Irish Astronomical Society (IAS) and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS). Includes previously unseen pictures taken in Northern Ireland. From the sparkling curtain of the Milky Way to romantic moonscapes to the electric colour undulations...

July Events at the Linen Hall

01 July 2016

LINEN HALL GOES BACK TO BECKETT WITH WEEK OF EVENTS HONOURING THE GREAT IRISH WRITER Possibly the most influential writer of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett is centre stage in the Linen Hall events calendar for July. A series of events including a workshop, lecture and book launch illuminate the genius behind Beckett’s style. Also in July we cameo social reformer Mary Ann McCracken as well as examine the Ulster Protestant in Irish Literature. The schedule for July, in...